In the Meantime

Dreams ahead, the old behind,
and in the Meantime of life I sit.

And it’s in the meantime waiting that quietness settles
and I wonder what all this waiting is about anyway, and
if these dreams will materialize or if they won’t.
Which is more terrifying, I can’t decide.

In the meantime I sit like a good girl on a Ferris Wheel,
sometimes the lucky one and it stops at top and that’s where I smile, laugh,
but sometimes at the bottom which I really don’t like at all.

No matter where I’m stopped, I wonder if all his dreams will come true, too,
and I think I’d do just about anything to make them all happen, to see
him stand on his land and look for miles at the harvest ahead.

But I can’t, because it’s the meantime and the instruction is to wait.

So I do, and perhaps you’re there with me, and we
could take hands and ride round and round, up and down,
until it’s time to leave Meantime.

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11 thoughts on “In the Meantime

  1. My goodness, your words echo so perfectly through my life. I feel like I’ve been in The Meantime for years and years. But I have a feeling that it’s about time for me to leave Meantime. I hope to do it with grace and patience one small step at a time.

  2. Hello, lovely country wife! Sending hugs your way as you wait. Your beautiful poem reminded me of a book I just finished: Robert Morgan’s “Gap Creek” — a very beautiful book about a marriage.

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